SFM – The Next Steps


Theredpill says: Member: (23 comments) May 29, 2015 at 6:39 pm …TFM being …

Comment on SFM – The Next Steps by StevieBC.

theredpill says:
Member: (23 comments)
May 29, 2015 at 6:39 pm
…TFM being a main player for football open media I would love it to work but stop talking about The Rangers for a month and I think you will get the answer it won’t last.

I agree that it will be refreshing when TRFC is no longer a main focus of SFM.

However, whether you are a TRFC fan or not, IMO everyone should be in agreement that the quality of the sports SMSM is just mince.

Now that many fans have had their eyes opened over the last 3 years – myself included – there is a recognised gap in the market which SFM could plug: quality discussion / debate / reporting on ALL Scottish football, both positive and negative.

And where SFM is ahead of the game currently, IMO, is that it has already established a decent online presence with no marketing whatsoever. There is an opportunity to develop further.

Time will tell of course.

And I think for many Bampots it stopped being all about TRFC a good while ago: it’s the SFA in particular that is the main target now, IMO.

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SFM – The Next Steps
Don’t quite understand TRFC’s strategy – if reported accurately, of course.
A 35 year old might perform like Pirlo, but the risk of injury in a long season is very high.
He may turn out to be a good signing though.

But, IMO, one of the retained players should be made captain, as they have been this far ‘on the journey’, and have an idea about what it’s like playing for TRFC, and the surrounding circus.

IMO, TRFC should be promoting their young / academy players who will be expected to have runs in the first team next season. Shirley the bears would get excited at seeing young, committed players who are desperately keen to get their chance to play in the first team – rather than overpaid, aged, journeymen ?

There is the risk that a youngster could get overwhelmed, but TRFC doesn’t seem to have many options – and the youngsters at HMFC did OK last season.

TRFC could be promoting the cheaper option of youth, [in the main], as the future of the club, and if ‘promoted’ in the correct manner that could satisfy the bears to buy ST’s, IMO.

[I am assuming that TRFC is not doing so already, and only relying on what I read in the MSM…I know !]

SFM – The Next Steps
If TRFC has very limited funds to acquire players, and presumably has no option now but to field some youngsters – then they do still need some more experienced pros to help them.

There is still mutual benefit in NUFC loaning players to TRFC, for a price.
And to help cash flow at Ibrox, maybe Ashley could charge a reduced fee, with a ‘bonus’ payable on promotion to the SPL – just like last season ?

And if TRFC is operating a minimal squad size, then it would be prudent for TRFC to keep the loans pipeline open from NUFC – to cover injuries as the season progresses, if needed.

And if Ashley is no longer on the NUFC Board, can he plead no ‘dual interest’ – on the face of it anyway, to the SFA ?

SFM – The Next Steps
neepheid says:
Member: (630 comments)
June 18, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Ashley loses dual interest appeal, but has fine reduced.
“…The appellate tribunal issued notes of reasons for rejecting the appeal, and for reducing the penalty…

“Although the funding provided was needed by Rangers…”
This is where it gets confusing for me.

The CEO of the SFA via the SMSM declared that ‘Rangers’ had to be saved, or there would be social unrest, Armageddon and Scottish football would be ‘like the Irish league’, IIRC.

The independent tribunal above conceded that TRFC needed Ashley’s funds – presumably to survive, and by inference, ‘to save Scottish football’.
So Ashley did the SFA a favour by bailing out TRFC – it’s just that the SFA didn’t like the manner in which he funded TRFC ?

And what now for Ashley ?
IMO, the reduction is irrelevant. Is he maybe trying to set a footballing precedent ?
Appeal to the Court of Session ?
Can’t imagine he will simply accept the decision – especially after spending x thousands on legal fees.

Interesting to see what happens next.

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Cluster One 22nd December 2020 at 23:01

SPFL toast new sponsor as Glen’s Vodka backs Scottish football until 2023 SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster hailed the partnership…


I see there is some mild criticism reported in the SMSM, but Doncaster, IMO, is confirming he is tone deaf with his comments.

The game has been screaming out for Gov't. – i.e. taxpayers' – financial support due to covid, yet it continues to simply blank the opinions of its customer base / taxpayers.

I'd guess the majority (?) of fans are uncomfortable with the national team – and our clubs – being strongly associated with booze, gambling, fast food, junk food, etc.



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Extract from the BBC:

shirley, Blatter wasn't planning on a return to football next year…?!


"Fifa has lodged a criminal complaint against former president Sepp Blatter over the finances of a museum in Zurich, Switzerland.

The complaint relates to the involvement of Blatter and other former officials in the Fifa museum project.

It is the latest allegation of financial impropriety against Blatter, who resigned from his post as president in 2015 amid a corruption scandal.

The 84-year-old has always denied any wrongdoing.

Blatter is currently serving a six-year ban from all forms of football."




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Jingso.Jimsie 22nd December 2020 at 11:28

It was a terrible advert for Scottish football: a poor game which lacked any consistency of quality play from either team, poorly refereed…


I suppose 'beauty lies in the eye of the beholder', but I thought it was a great advert for Scottish football – especially for the neutrals.

Totally agree that technically, the footy on show wasn't the best – and neither was the match officiating.

But: 6 goals, a bit of argy bargy, controversial refereeing, individual mistakes, suspect goalkeeping – plus the drama of a penalty shoot out to make history, or not.

Too many times I have watched the technically gifted EPL 'big games' where the footy on offer was high quality… but boring as hell.

At least the Scottish Cup Final wasn't a typical, dour and overly defensive 1-0 game?


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As this is the Scottish Football Monitor,

well done to the Buddies for their epic, totally unexpected Cup win last night.

Likewise, it's good for the game that Ross County also progressed in the cup with their own big win.

At least one piece of silverware will be leaving Glasgow this season – which is no bad thing at all, IMO.

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J.J agreed: and who knows the full impact of covid on transfer fees – and the duration of any depressed transfer market.

I didn't read the full RIFC Annual Report or the full AGM notes, so may have missed it, but;

It makes sense for Robertson to state that a couple of players need selling each year: seems to have worked OK for CFC in recent years.

But, for a cash strapped club in the middle of a pandemic with few, young sellable stars in the squad – you'd think Robertson would be shouting loud about cost cutting…

except TRFC is desperate to stop 10IAR.

TRFC should be focused on short-term cost-cutting measures to counter the immediate Going Concern risks.

To state the bleedin' obvious.  indecision

Choosing to focus on winning the SPL title rather than focusing on survival is RIFC's choice to make.

…as our incompetent SFA blazers look on gormlessly… again.

If Robertson had an improved governance body as he claims to want, then the SFA would be asking searching questions of TRFC long before now.


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